Global "Heat Map" Shows NC's Role in World Economy
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
CARY, N.C. - North Carolina now has a global heat map, which has nothing to do with the temperature. Rather, it shows the state's business climate and global influence.
The interactive map, released today, compiles data about North Carolina's involvement in international business, education and more. It was developed by the Center for International Understanding (CIU) and SAS, a business analytics software company. The center's executive director, Adam Hartzell, explains what makes this "first-of-its-kind" tool significant.
"What's really unique about this tool is that we are pulling together education, business and demographic information into one place. "
With a click, map users can access data by county. For instance, the map says Iredell County has 4,600 jobs provided by foreign-owned companies, and Rockingham County exported $1.5 billion in goods last year.
The information comes from government agencies and business databases. Hartzell says CIU hopes the interactive map is used to further economic development and foster more global programs in both the public and private sectors.
"The business community is particularly entrepreneurial and creative, and I would like to see our school institutions join in that creativity with business people."
He says development of the interactive map is part of the center's overall mission to help make North Carolina more global in its approach.
See the map online at ciu.northcarolina.edu/global-heatmap.
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